January 18, 2012

Franze, Federica Silver_nugget
[V1101] Elementary Italian I and [V1102] Elementary Italian II

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I am amazed with so much I learned in so little time. I already speak Spanish and a little Portuguese, so I was afraid when I started Italian. I didn't know if it was a bad decision, or if I was biting off more than my Language sulcus could hold. But Not only did Federica make learning Italian organic, and painless, she made it fun. I truly think she is a great professor, and I know that everyone in class enjoys it. It also only helps, that she is funny, smart, elegant, always well dressed, and beautiful in a non-chalant sort of way. VERY Italian. If you are taking Italian, as I imagine most people do, because you love the culture or some facet of it (literature, art, music, the Ragazzi/e, FOOD) then this is the lady you want, she embodies the greatest things about Italy that we all love. She is a wonderful choice for either an intro, or an upper level conversation class. Totally deserves a gold nugget. You will learn a lot, and you will be happy you had such an understanding and hilarious insegnante to guide you.

Workload:

Natural and based off the class. Weekly quizzes over whatever was covered that week, or compositions like once a month. Homework is due at the quiz. Typical workbook practice. She expects you to use the answers to help yourself, and it is completion points. All in all it is not very much, and it is always appropriate and flexible to the classes (and your) needs.